Lucas Leiva has been at Liverpool long enough now to have seen youngsters try and fail at the club on numerous occasions, which is why his message is a clear one.
The Brazilian posed as the experienced head in a youthful Liverpool side during last night’s 2-0 win over Leeds in the EFL Cup quarter final.
He believes the presence of regular first team players was important in helping the youth players excel as well as learn.
Lucas told Liverpoolfc.com: “I think when you have a good core in the team, when the young players come in they feel comfortable, they feel confident and that’s what we try to do – let them express themselves because their quality is there.”
“It’s one more game for them to get experience and they just need to keep going and keep learning.”
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‘Keep learning’ is the key.
It is fair to say the youngsters shone in yesterday’s win but the important thing is that they build on this and ensure they recognise where they could have improved and what they did best.
The ability to identify these areas is only possible by getting game time which is why their strong performances were vital. Jurgen Klopp has seen they can be trusted and will therefore remain open to playing them more as the season progresses.
Tuesday’s contest was definitely not the last time we will see the club’s youth prospects feature in Liverpool’s first team.
We can be sure that they will be even better players by the time that next appearance arrives.